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Archive for February, 2013

Join us at the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club tomorrow!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, March 1, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 28, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events

ACT Practice Test and Test Strategies 101 Workshop: a Two-Part Program at the Library!

Take advantage of this great opportunity!  A free ACT practice test and follow up workshop at the Library!

Part I: ACT Practice Test

Saturday, March 2, 12:30 – 4 p.m.

For the first part of this ACT prep program, students will take a practice ACT test, proctored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. This is a great way to experience what to expect in a test-like environment. Be sure to bring a calculator, two #2 pencils, and wear comfortable clothes. Cell phones will not be allowed.

Part II: Test Strategies 101 Workshop

Sunday, March 10, 2 – 3 p.m.

In the second workshop, presented on Sunday, March 10 from 2-3 p.m., both parents and students are invited to learn how to score higher on the ACT test. Students will receive a comprehensive analysis of their performance on the test, detailing individual strengths and weaknesses. The format and content of the test are explored, including ways to take advantage of the test format to maximize efficiency on the exam. This is an ideal follow-up to the practice test.

Patrons can register one time for both programs. Seating is limited.  Please click here to register one time for this two-part program.

For teens in grades 6 – 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 25, 2013 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week– Survive by Alex Morel

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Survive by Alex Morel.  Jane is depressed, even more so since her father committed suicide, and has already tried to take her own life.  On her flight home from rehab she has decided that she will once again try to end it while on the plane.   However, her flight is downed in the frozen wilderness before she can follow through on her suicide attempt.  Now Jane is stranded with her seatmate Paul, and they are the only survivors.  Suddenly, Jane has a life that she wants to fight for–due in part to having to fight alongside Paul.  If you are looking for a good adventure/survival story, then Survive is a book you’ll want to read.  Click here to find Survive in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects by Marisa Pawelko

Crazy-Cool Duct Tape Projects

by Marisa Pawelko

Award winning, indie crafter, Marisa Pawelko  shares 24 of her best DIY Duct tape ideas.  Each craft comes with step-by-step instructions and how-to pictures. You’ll learn how to make fashionable wearables like gloves, leg warmers, a kilt and a halter top. You’ll also find crafty ideas for items like a vase or an awesome night light.  Crazy-Cool gives you a list of recommended tools and materials along with teaching you some of the basic skills needed to create with duct tape.  There are projects in here for all skill levels, from the “I live for crafting”  level to the  “what’s crafting”.  Check out Crazy-Cool and get your craft on!

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on February 19, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  This novel is set in the future where there are two different worlds.  The world that Aria lives in is perfect, but a little too perfect.  Everyone wears screens over their eye and they participate in the world virtually.  Perry’s world is outside of Aria’s and is a savage wasteland where every day is a struggle to survive.  When Aria is cast out of her world to Perry’s, as a result of Perry’s actions, Aria must rely on Perry to survive despite how much she hates him for what he did.  Click here to find Under the Never Sky in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 15, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Join us for “Make Sweet Stuff For Your Sweetheart” tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, Sunday 2/10 from 2-4 p.m., and create three different crafts with string: friendship bracelets, woven keychains, and a Thai string doll.  A handmade gift is a great way to show someone you care.  There’s plenty here to make sweet stuff for your BF, GF, BFF, or even yourself!

For teens in grades 6-12.  Click here to register for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 9, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events

Book Trailer of the Week– Prodigy by Marie Lu

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Prodigy by Marie Lu.  This is the sequel to Lu’s action-packed first novel, Legend.  We find that June and Day have escaped from Los Angeles and are on a freight train to Las Vegas.  Once there they are hoping to meet up with a group of Patriots who want to take down The Elector.  June is fighting for the good of the people, and Day is fighting to find his younger brother.  Will they both succeed?  Click here to find Prodigy in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 8, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction

Casting Call for Divergent (the movie)!

A coworker recently sent me the notification below, that she received about an open casting call this Saturday for a chance to be an extra in Divergent, which is being filmed here in Chicago!  If you are a fan of Divergent and meet the qualifications listed below, then you should definitely try out!

For those of you who don’t know about Divergent, it is a novel written by Veronica Roth that takes place in a future dystopian Chicago.  In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to.  We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become on of the Dauntless.  With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction.  What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent–a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions.  This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and  Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her her life.  Click here to find Divergent in the Library!



Open Casting Call This Saturday, February 9, 2013 from

10:00AM to 3:00PM at CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios

CHICAGO, IL  February 4, 2013 – Atmosphere Casting of Chicago announced today that it is in search of background talent for Summit Entertainment’s Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger.  Based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, the film will commence principal photography this April in Chicago.  Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Recruitment for participants in this shoot starts immediately as fittings for all will start in mid-February. Atmosphere Casting is looking to hire hundreds of Chicago locals to work as extras in the film, who are available during the shoot period: April 2013 through July 2013.

The open call will be held, Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00AMto 3:00PMat CINESPACE– Chicago Film Studios.

CINESPACE – Chicago Film Studios 
2602 W. 16TH Street, 2nd Floor 
Chicago, IL 60608

Atmosphere Casting will be looking for the following:

? People with a “rural” farm hand look
? People with military, weapons or martial arts training
? People with stunt and/or stage combat training
? People with a “hippie” or Bohemian look. Longer hair preferred (both men and women)
? People with visible tattoos and/or piercings
? Ages 16 and up, all ethnicities

Plenty of free parking located in the lot across the street from CINESPACE– Chicago Film Studios.

While photos will be taken of everyone who attends the open casting call, participants are asked to also bring a candid photo of themselves, approximately 4x6in size, and be sure to legibly print their name, phone number and email address on the back it.

Only Illinois residents are eligible to participate in the open casting call. Please bring your Illinois issued driver’s license or state ID. School IDs are not sufficient. This will be checked before entering the casting call.

For more information about the movie and other fun items regarding extras on Divergent, please follow us at the following links: or

Take the Divergent Faction Quiz and see where YOU fit in

Also, be sure to join our Twitter casting blast for what we are seeking daily at

The futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller, will be directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor.  Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.

Divergent is a thrilling action adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is “divergent” and will never fit into any one group.  When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being different so dangerous before it’s too late.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 7, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Events, Fiction

Teen Winter Reading Program!

Do you adore books? Do you have a passion for reading? Then don’t hold back – show us your true feelings during the We ? Reading Winter Reading Program in February.

To participate, come into the Library and fill out a paper heart with the title of the book you love. When you do this you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a Kindle or a Nook at the end of the Teen Winter Reading program!  There will also be a weekly gift card drawings.  The hearts will be featured in the Teen Zone in the large display case, so you can checkout what is popular at MPPL!

There will also be a “Guess How Many Hearts” contest, where you can enter for a chance to win 5 teen books plus a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card if you have the closest guess of how many hearts are in our jar at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk.

The Teen Winter Reading program is open to teens in grades 6-12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 6, 2013 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week– The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.  This novel is set in the not too distant future where a virus has swept through the US and killed most of the adolescent population.  Those that survived developed psychic abilities.  However, thest survivors were rounded up and put into camps, because the government feared what they were capable of.  Ruby,16, has just escaped from one of the camps.  Will Ruby be able to survive and keep out of the reach of the government that wants to control her?  Click here to find The Darkest Minds in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 1, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction